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SPOFFORTH AND HALSALL SHORTLISTED FOR PRESTIGIOUS AWARD 13 Oct 2009[]

Nominations have been announced for The Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year Awards 2009 and World Champion Gemma Spofforth and World silver medallist Fran Halsall UK / United Kingdom (also known as GBR) Flag of the United Kingdom have been shortlisted for the prestigious awards.

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at The David Beckham Academy on Tuesday 3rd November, 2009.

Now in their 22nd year, the awards recognise the whole spectrum of female sporting success from leading sportswomen through to rising stars, to those working behind the scenes.

Spofforth was recognised for her impressive performance in Rome where she broke the world record on her way to winning gold in the 100m Backstroke. She also finished fourth in the 200m Backstroke and helped the British Gas squad to fourth in the 4x100m Medley Relay.

Halsall made a name for herself on the international circuit after she stormed to the silver medal in the 100m Freestyle and finished in fifth place in the 50m Freestyle.

The Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year Award category is still open for public voting by visiting http://www.timesonline.co.uk/sportswomen

Log on and help make Gemma Spofforth Sportswoman of the year.

The 2009 nominees are:

The Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year Award[]

Jessica Ennis (Athletics) Catriona Matthew (Golf) Victoria Pendleton (Cycling) Gemma Spofforth (Swimming) Claire Taylor (Cricket) Chrissie Wellington (Triathlete)

Young Sportswoman of the Year[]

Elizabeth Armitstead (cycling) Francesca Halsall (swimming) Holly Colvin (cricket)

This year sees a judging panel of 11 faces from the world of Sport.

The 2009 Judges are:

Eleanor Oldroyd (chairing the panel) - Chair of the judging panel and BBC Radio 5 Live presenter Amanda Bennett - Head of Policy, UK Sport Jo Colin - Head of High Quality PE, Youth Sport Trust Danny Crates – Former Paralympic gold medal-winning athlete Di Ellis - Chairman of British Rowing Jon Holmes – Managing Director, Jon Holmes Media Ltd Tessa Sanderson - Former Olympic javelin champion Bryony Shaw - Olympic bronze medal-winning windsurfer Georgie Thompson - Sky Sports presenter Sue Tibballs – Chief Executive, Women's Sport and Fitness Foundation Caroline Weber – Executive Director, Communications and Public Affairs, Sport England

The event has been made possible through the sponsorship and support of Sport England, UK Sport and CCPR. As the event’s charity partner, the Women’s Sport and Fitness Foundation is also lending its support to the awards.

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